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More than 140 people visited the Department of Planning and Environment’s community drop-in session at Hurlstone Park to find out more about the plans for the Sydenham to Bankstown urban renewal corridor on Tuesday night.


The revised strategy is a 20-year vision for new homes, jobs, retail and improved pedestrian and cycling connections within walking distance of high quality transport like a new Metro station between Sydenham to Bankstown.


“We appreciate that so many residents managed to come to the drop-in session to learn more about the plans for this unique area,” said Brendan Nelson, Deputy Secretary, Growth, Design and Programs.


“Development is already happening in the corridor and the revised Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal strategy provides a framework to guide future development. The plan has been devised so the community can benefit from orderly planning rather than ad-hoc development."


“We understand the importance of retaining the low density, federation character of Hurlstone Park. After community feedback and further studies were made the revised strategy has earmarked additional heritage conservation areas."


“The community’s feedback plays a crucial role in helping us plan for the future. So far, we have received about 470 submissions on the revised strategy and more than 540 respondents to our online survey.


“We encourage the community to make a submission on the revised strategy before the exhibition closes on September 3. Our planners will review all submissions and use the feedback to produce the final strategy that will inform the future direction and vision for this corridor,” Mr Nelson said.


The Department has engaged the community in the planning process through:

  • An online survey
  • A letterbox drop to over 65,000 homes along the corridor to make the community aware the revised strategy is on exhibition
  • Postcards with information about the exhibition handed out at every station along the corridor
  • Community drop-in sessions
  • Meeting with key community groups and stakeholders
  • Brochures translated into four key languages – Greek, Chinese (simplified script), Arabic and Vietnamese and copies placed on the Department’s website
  • Provided exhibition documents for viewing at councils (Inner West Council and City of Canterbury Bankstown Council), customer service centres and libraries
  • Sent out emails to people who have registered for project updates and key stakeholders.


The public are encouraged to make a submission on the revised strategy.

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